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Supriye Jain’s (VIT, Vellore) experiences of working with EKJAA

The Social Project Owned by Supriye Jain – Ekjaa Campus Leader and Ekjaa Task managers Ankur Gupta, Ritik Arora, Ankit Gupta, Prateek Sharda, and Garvit Khandelwal from VIT, Vellore.

Doing an Internship with Ekjaa, a social organization based in Mumbai, in which first I had to select my task managers and afterwards working with them towards the project was a very good experience for me. I will remember this experience for my lifetime. It is one of the good things that has happened to me during my life as a student.

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I started my journey in Ekjaa by registering on a portal named Enable India which was lead by my cousin. I got shortlisted there and was provided with an opportunity to serve the group as Ekjaa Campus Leader from Vellore Institute Of Technology, Vellore.

Initially I was quite confused about my job and didn’t really know what to do. I would really like to thank Harsha Mam, the founder of Ekjaa and my project managers Swati and Parth. They were helpful throughout in giving me the guidance and assistance for my project.

After thinking and planning for a week, I made my strategy on how to carry on the project further. For this, I selected around 7 task managers from my college residing in Jaipur itself, as I was in Jaipur for the summer vacations and thought it would be more helpful if the managers were from the same city. It would also be more easy to monitor their work.

So we all started our work from there. In the first few days, I assigned the work of enquiring about the NPOs that I shortlisted initially to my task managers. This work included making phone calls and  thorough internet search about them and fix up an appointment. Next, we visited around 7 NPOs and met with the people there and made a brief report about them. Then we shortlisted 4 NPOs from which we finally chose 2 NPOs for our project.

Things didn’t go that smooth as we have planned and two of my task managers had to leave because of some important work in the college. We were then in a complete dilemma on what to do. Then I took a tough decision and assigned 1 NPO to all the five managers. The decision was taken because the one task manager that was left out was not that much experienced in this area. So finally we decide the NPO on which we were going to work and chose SIDART organization that was doing a project focussed on the slum kids. Then I asked my task managers to make a report for the phase 1. I was surprised by the wonderful work they had done in briefly comparing all the three NPOs.

The next step was the Phase 2 of the project which was a difficult phase for me as a leader. In this phase the pre-disbursal monitoring had to be done. So we first met with the founder of the organization Mrs. Pramila Sanjaya and had a detailed questionnaire with her for about two and a half hours. She assigned to us a volunteer from their organization named Surbhi and I was immensed when I got to know that she was from the same school in which I studied. We also met a foreign volunteer who was the co-owner of the project.

After this work came the main work of visiting the project site and meet the kids and the volunteers there. The kids there gave a very good response to us and recited some poems to us. We also clicked some photographs and took interviews of some of the kids there. We were quite happy after visiting the site and it was good to see that the organization is putting hard efforts for improving the life of those children. Finally we involved ourselves in making the final report of pre disbursal monitoring and mentioned in the report what are the problems that are being faced in the execution of the project and what help can Ekjaa provide.

I took great pleasure in sending the report to Ekjaa and waited for their response to that hard work we had put in. This project was a great learning experience for me in the social area and also was very helpful in developing my leadership skills further. In the end it helped in inspiring me and made me working towards sincerely on the set goals.

The internship might have ended now but I know this is not the end of my role in Ekjaa and I will look forward to have more experiences with it in the future. I expect that in the coming future more people will take responsibility and work towards the cause as I did.

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Experiences of working with Ekjaa – Maharshi Bhowmik, EKJAA Campus Leader IIT Kharagpur

“It was a drop that flowed into an ocean The soul merged with the almighty Limited, it assumed gigantic proportions. Endless, inspiring Your memory was my strength, Every girl child a mirror image for you The love of a mother embraced the world Truly, you liberated me.” -Dr.Sarojini Agrawal(Founder of Manisha Mandir)
While volunteering with EKJAA ,we researched on 3 NGOs namely Manisha Mandir(Lucknow),Abalashrama(Bangalore) and Grahini voluntary organisation(Chattisgarh) and finally decided on the first one since it was nearer thus easy to focus on. Ever since its foundatiion,the ashram (ManishaMandir) has been catering to the needs and requirements of destitute girls abandoned by their parents. These girls are not just provided shelter, clothing and food by Sarojini Madam but also limitless love, warmth and all that a mother can possibly give. She has ensured the girls, over all confidence and self-dependence, To make all such destitute uncared and helpless girl self – reliant by providing them shelter and imparting training in character-making.
Our aim was to do the pre-disbursal monitoring for the project; we took up with NGO on behalf of Ekjaa. We visited their centre located in Gomtinagar,Lucknow. The environment is green and clean. There are lovely trees, a garden and badminton court on the premises, where the children are free to play. There are two dormitories for the inmates. The old dormitory is mostly used only for sleeping purpose of the inmatees, but the new dormitory is more spacious, modern and built with many activity rooms. Now inmates have more bathrooms and separate rooms for different activities, like studying, dancing, learning computer or watching TV. To meet the growing needs of water supply, Manisha mandir has its own boring or
underground done, courtesy Simple Web Inc. The Simple Web Inc. sponsored the expenses around $1000 for the submersible water jet pump so that Manisha Mandir does not face water problems.
Our purpose of visiting was to have communication with end beneficiaries, the NGO team and to look the functioning of work and know about their expectation from us.When we reached Manisha mandir we were glad to find such a serene place for young girls to live.We were invited to the office room of Mrs.Sarojini Agrawal.The room was filled with tokens of appreciation she got for her selfless work including a picture of her receiving Mother India award from the honourable former president of India-Mrs.Pratibha Patel.We took a quick interview of Mrs. Agrawal regarding the vision,working,needs,problems and future plans of the NGO and heres what we found-
More than 500 children have been rehabilitated, through legal adoption, helping them secure jobs. Set up business, getting them married and by ensuring a safe return to their close relatives .
Over the last 25 years 11 of ashram girls have grown up to be responsible citizens, who are now married and living happily with their families.The girls are being educated in reputed schools like
Seth M R Jaipuria , CMS, Riverside Academy, Rani Lakshmi Bai etc. They have secured 1st division in high school & intermediate examination.
.Then we interviewed the girls who seemed to be quite excited towards it.There were 42 of them aging from 8 to 20.We were quite happy to know that the girls were being given quality education at respected schools,proper hygienic conditions to live and strong moral values to cultivate good character.Mrs. Agrawal admired Ekjaa for trying to make a good change for the society.
It was truly a heart warming experience.
Through this blog I would like to make an appeal to the people that there are so many destitute girls in our society who for want of proper protection and guidance go astray and are forced to lead a miserable life. ‘ManishaMandir’ besides providing protection to such helpless girls is also vowed to first educate them in a befitting manner and then get their marriages solemnized with suitable grooms. The success of this gigantic and noble task is not however possible without your active cooperation. A huge sum of money is required to meet expenses on providing food, clothing shelter sports and entertainment – cum – education and eventual marriages of these poor and helpless girls.Hence you are requested to liberally make your contribution for the upliftment, education and marriage/rehabilitation of these destitute helpless poor girls as well.

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